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Mary H.

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Van Nuys, CA (91406)

Travel radius
15 miles
Hourly fee
$65.00
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My name is Mary and I am a certificated teacher who has a master's in education. I have been teaching for 35 years and have been tutoring for 25 years. I have taught all grade levels, but have taught K-6 specifically in the LAUSD school system. I have been a resource specialist teacher and have worked for the past 22 years with students with learning disabilities. I have also worked with the gifted program in many of my schools and have taught a gifted program. I have worked with students with severe emotional problems and with autistic student. So, as you can see, I have worked with a wide range of students.

I am dedicated to fostering a desire to learn in each of my students. I believe each child has a special talent that makes him or her unique from everyone else. These special talents make us who we are and can help us learn and grow as individuals. I believe in creativity when teaching. Each student is unique in his or her learning styles and needs individualized lessons to help them access the curriculum. I also believe learning can be fun and incorporate play, games, and challenges in my teaching.

I begin by taking students where they are and slowly reinforce their abilities. At the same time, I begin to increase the skill levels so that mastery comes smoothly and automatically. Learning can be challenging and difficult at times, but so can learning to ride a bike or how to swim. With encouragement, patience and practice all students can achieve their goals and learn to be independent learners.

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Mary’s subjects

Corporate Training:
Grammar, Proofreading
Homeschool:
Biology, Elementary (K-6th), English, Prealgebra, Reading, Writing
Special Needs:
Elementary Education:
Elementary (K-6th), Elementary Science, Grammar, Phonics, Reading, Vocabulary
Science:
Biology
Math:
Prealgebra
English:
English, Grammar, Literature, Proofreading, Reading, Vocabulary, Writing

Dyslexia

I have my Learning Disabilities Certificate and it is current. I have worked the Renee Herman Program for reading dyslexia. I have worked in the LAUSD school system as a resource specialist teacher and have worked with students with dyslexia. I have done research on dyslexia (although years ago) and written papers for school on dyslexia. For students with dyslexia, I always provide a card with the
correct directions of the letters and numbers they have difficulty with on their desks and on the board for reference. I quietly correct them when they make reversal mistakes and do not count it against them when they reverse during tests. I usually just ask them to spell the word out loud or ask them what letter it is the wanted to write. I use a very non-invasive approach.

Elementary (K-6th)

I have my teaching credential that qualifies me to teach students from K to 12 grade. I also have a Masters in Education. I have been teaching for 35 years and tutoring for more that 25 years. I am well versed in many kinds of curriculum. I have taught reading, writing, spelling, math, science, social studies, P.E., elementary art and music, and ESL. I have taught students with learning challenges for more than 25 years.

Phonics

I have taught phonics for the past 35 years. In the last 2 years I taught at a Primary Center with students from grade K-3. There has been a great emphasis on teaching phonics in the past 15-20 years. Numerous programs have been adopted by schools requiring teachers to spend large quantities of time teaching phonics. I have been required to teach students phonemic segmentation, nonsense word decoding, blending, vowel and consonant digraphs, etc. All of this have given me ample practice teaching student phonics.

Reading

I have a Masters in Education, a Learning Disabilities Certificate, and a Resource Specialist Certificate.
I have also developed a website for a reading program I designed.

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Education

California Polytechnic University, Pomona (Liberal Arts)

California Polytechnic University, Pomona (MEd)

Flexible and Very Kind Mary is a very nice teacher. She is flexible and very kind. My middle school daughter enjoyed working with her on English and vocabulary. I would recommend her. ...

— Jeanne from Los Angeles, CA on 6/2/14);

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $65.00

Cancellation: 12 hours notice required

Travel policy

Mary will travel within 15 miles of Van Nuys, CA 91406.

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